Grant Helps Teachers Expand STEM Materials in the Classroom

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – In August, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper kicked off a school supply drive to address unmet classroom needs in North Carolina public schools.  While Governor Cooper’s program provides for classroom essentials, another program may help address the need for items involving STEM education.

The Promoting Innovation in Science and Mathematics or PRISM Award provides N.C. public school teachers the opportunity to receive up to $3000 in funding towards the purchase of STEM-related materials and up to $1500 for any necessary training for those materials.

The award was created in 2012 by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to support teachers in their efforts to provide quality hands-on, inquiry-based activities for their students. 

“The PRISM Award enables teachers to provide new and inventive ways of teaching STEM in their classrooms,” said Dr. John Burris, president of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.  “For a relatively modest investment students all over North Carolina can benefit from the wealth of material that may not otherwise be available to them.” 

The Fund has provided 238 awards to 77 of North Carolina’s 115 school districts for a total of $750,000.  One teacher, Matthew Kinnaird in Buncombe County, used the PRISM Award to build a radio telescope with his class to gather information for NASA.

Teachers may apply through bwfund.org.  Deadline is December 5, 2017.